The Scholarships


The Jamaica Labour Party believes education is the greatest force for the positive transformation of our society. At the Party’s 75th anniversary conference in 2018, Party Leader, and Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, announced plans to offer 5 national scholarships in the name of past Prime Ministers who have formed governments from the Jamaica Labour Party benches in Parliament. These scholarships were awarded in 2019.

Further to the 2018 announcement, by the Party Leader, the Jamaica Labour Party scholarship fund has been ongoing with four (4) scholarships being offered in 2020. The scholarships are merit based and are open to all Jamaicans who are accepted or continuing their studies at accredited local tertiary institutions as designated by the scholarship committee from time to time.

For its 2021 iteration, an additional six (6) national tertiary merit-based scholarships are under offer.


The National Scholarships

The 2021 National Scholarships are named in honour of past Ministers who were part of government formed by the Jamaica Labour Party. They are as follows:

  • The Hon. Edwin Allen Scholarship Rewarding Potential and Perseverance
  • The Hon. Douglas Vaz Scholarship for Economics
  • The Hon. Dr. Mavis Gilmore Peterson Scholarship for Mathematics/Sciences (Postgraduate)
  • The Hon. Ryan Peralto Scholarship for Computer Science/Cyber Security 
  • The Hon. Jeanette Grant Woodham Scholarship for Creative Industries Management 
  • The Hon. Ambassador Anthony Johnson Scholarship for International Relations

The 2021 scholarships will each value up to J$500,000 per year for a maximum of three years and will be tenable at the University of the West Indies (“UWI”), the University of Technology (“UTECH”), the Northern Caribbean University (“NCU”), the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, or the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU). 

The National Scholarships will be applied first towards tuition fees, (inclusive of miscellaneous fees) then to learning materials and where applicable, boarding or lodging, and all other areas related to the academic pursuit, up to the limit of the scholarship award.

Notwithstanding the sums and the term mentioned above the JLP Scholarship committee reserves the right to award a lesser sum and/or a shorter period where the circumstances warrant.